It’s that time of year again!

As a child, the last week of August was always rather depressing.  Sure I wasn’t in school, but I would be soon.  I would go through the motions of enjoying my last week of whatever camp I was attending, but my heart just wasn’t in it.  I knew what was just around the corner.  But before I marched off to school like the brave young members of our extended American family pictured above, there was a depressing outing to be endured.  The school supply shopping excursion.  You remember them.  Being asked by your mum whether you wanted blue or black ink pens.  Like I cared.  And there was always a lot of other products to be purchased.  Notebooks.  Dividers. Binders. Labels.  The list went on and on.

Thankfully, those trips are a thing of the past for me, but my son Benjamin is still is in the market for such things since he is a sophomore in college.  So we will be buying school supplies for him in the next few weeks, but we are making sure that the aforementioned products we are buying him will be providing jobs to members of their extended American family.  I urge you to do the same.  And it couldn’t be easier.  All you have to know to send you kiddo back to school with American made school supplies, whatever his or her age, is one word.  Guided.

Guided makes lots of products that any student of any age would need to shine at school.  All of their products are made from recycled materials.  And they are made in Kent, Washington, a small city to the south of my big city of Seattle.  Guided has three levels of binders, but their original binder is fine for students.

If your child is enamored with say, unicorns, you can order custom Guided Rebinder binders with a badass unicorn on them that would allow your child’s binders to declare, “Yeah, my owner loves unicorns, and she is not ashamed to declare said allegiance on her binders!  Ya got a problem with that?”

After you have the goth unicorn binders in hand, you are going to need dividers and divider labels of course.  Guided has you covered there as well, though I might forego the custom goth unicorn design on the dividers.

When it comes to notebooks, Guided has many options to offer.  Field trip in November to some swamp to observe salamander mating rituals?  How about the Guided Rite in the Rain All Weather Universal Field Book?

A series of trips to dusty old museums on the schedule?  I suggest Guided’s ReWrite 8″ x 10″ Recycled Notebooks (3 Pack).

So if you want to equip yourself or your kiddo with school supplies made by members of our extended American family from recycled materials, you need look no farther than Guided.  So get shopping!!!!

About Simply American LLC

I live in Seattle and love telling stories about Americans, the places where they work and the things that they make. I have just published a book, Simply American, encouraging Americans to purchase American made products; the book can be ordered at
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